On Wednesday evening, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has confirmed that her top two aides resigned this week.
Haley’s spokesman Jonathan Wachtel and chief of staff Steven Groves have both left her team on alleged family concerns.
“Thanks for your concern. Both Jonathan & Steve have recently encountered family concerns. They will always be a part of the team & dear friends,” she tweeted.
Thanks for your concern.Both Jonathan&Steve have recently encountered family concerns.They will always be a part of the team & dear friends.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) August 10, 2017
A State Department official also told Fox News that Wachtel resigned to take care of family issues.
Prior to joining Haley’s team, Wachtel worked for Fox News Channel as a producer for over a decade, and Groves worked at conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation.
“Jonathan [Wachtel] was hand-picked to ensure that Haley’s communications operation ran at the highest levels, and while he was there he made the mission into one of the most nimble and responsive parts of the Trump administration,” a longtime foreign policy hand close to the White House told Fox News. “His absence is going to be felt immediately.”
Their resignations come amid rising tensions with North Korea, and days after the U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a strong sanctions package against the regime.
I wonder if this is some kind of attempt to help drain the swamp. It is interesting that both people suddenly have family concerns at the same time.